BEHIND THE CARVINGS
Traditionally, Toki was used by Maori to cut and work timber for meeting houses and carvings Because of the determination, control and strength required to skillfully use the Toki, it became a symbol of ability, power and authority. Ceremonial Tokiwere traditionally worn by Māori elders and Chiefs to signify leadership qualities. May the Toki bring the wearer strength, courage and inspiration on their journey in life.
A traditional teardrop pendant which is known tothe Maori of New Zealand as the Roimata. It is said to represent the flow of positive energy, healing, comfort and strength on your journey through life. Teardrop pendants are generally regarded as touchstones, ideal for meditation. They also represent a connection to the land.
KORU & TWIST
The Koru symbolises an unfurling fern frond, full of new life and fresh beginnings. It represents openness to infinite possibilities and symbolises unity within whanau.
Twist (Pikarua) is a beautiful symbol of friendship and love. It represents emerging paths that are always coming back together. A Twist is a wonderful gift of unity between people of different cultures or tribes.
MANAIA & NIHO/TANIWHA TOOTH
The Manaia is a strong protective talisman, with the head of a bird, body of man and the tail of a fish. Traditionally, Manaia is believed to act as a messenger between mortals, and those in the spiritual world. It is as an impressive spiritual guardian to keep one safe.
Taniwha, when honoured and respected, can be a powerful, protective guardian - not just to people, but places as well. With the ability to shape-shift, in the water they could be sharks while on land they could be dragon like creatures. These kaitiaki (guardians), live in the depths of the rivers and seas, often where dangerous currents are. They form a connection between the physical world and the spiritual world of our ancestors.
The Niho represents strength, leadership and resilience.
HEI MATAU & WHALE TAILS
Hei Matau offers strength, good luck and safe passage across land and water. They symbol represents prosperity, and abundance, while also denoting the important relationship with Tangaroa, God of the sea. Hei Matau is a perfect gift for anyone who has an affinity with the ocean, or is travelling overseas. Hei Matau will especially lend great luck to the wearer.
Whale Tails offer protection to the wearer as they navigate through life. Whales are a symbol of intelligence, compassion, and love. These pendants are the perfect gift for anyone with an affinity with the sea and these beautiful, sacred creatures.